Calgary International Fringe Festival August 3rd to August 11th
The 2018 Calgary Fringe Festival will take place in historical Inglewood. Fringes are uncensored, non-juried theatre festivals. The first Fringe started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947, and has grown into one of the biggest arts festivals in the world. The second-largest Festival in North America is in Edmonton, Alberta and draws nearly 800,000 attendees a year!
The Calgary Fringe will host a combination of local, national, and international productions – 26 altogether, for a total of over 160 performances over 9 days. Visit the Calgary Fringe Festival web site for more information.
When Words Collide Festival August 10th to 12th
When Words Collide is a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, Childrens books, and Poetry. The festival brings together the literary community, both readers and writers, in Calgary and beyond, for a sharing of information, for learning, and to build a sense of community.
We would like a broad presence of local writers and other experts not only attending, but participating on panels. Visit the When Words Collide web site for more information.
Calgary Japanese "Omatsuri" Festival August 11th
Calgarians are invited to attend Omatsuri, the Calgary Japanese Cultural Festival to celebrate Japanese Canadian culture in Calgary. This exciting family event showcases Japanese cuisine, the arts, and culture of a country steeped in tradition. Come experience Japanese costumes, Ikebana flower arranging, song and dance, martial arts demonstrations, authentic Japanese cuisine including sushi, soba, yakitori, gyoza, dharma dogs and traditional Japanese sweets, games for kids and beer gardens for the adults! We are honored that more and more Calgarians are choosing to spend an afternoon with us, eager to learn, understand and experience Japanese culture. The Japanese community takes immense pride in sharing it's culture with the broad community and our festival is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our long-time traditions.
Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival August 1th to 12th
Held at North Glenmore Park. Calgary’s premier sport festivals, the Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival draws +1250 competitors, +3500 spectators and an abundance of excitement and cultural experiences.
The Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival is geared towards creating an unforgettable experience. The dragon boat competition illustrates comradery, teamwork and inspiration. Stemmed by a 2000-year-old Chinese legend, Dragon Boat Racing is still very active and remains a tradition to this day. Visit the Calgary Dragon Boat Race and Festival web site for more information.
Marda Gras Street Festival August 12th
This annual, fun-filled, family-friendly event attracts over 35,000 visitors from all over Calgary. The streets of Marda Loop will come alive for the 34th time with this New Orleans themed festival. The sights and sounds of New Orleans; purple, green and gold pageantry; a variety of high quality cultural performers, dance groups and musicians; outdoor activities; and a wide variety of delicious cuisine draws kids of all ages to this popular festival every year. Free parking will be provided by the Military Museums.
The Marda Gras Street Festival attracts some 35,000 people to Marda Loop for a fun-filled and family-friendly event that embraces the culture and cuisine of New Orleans. Visit the Marda Loop Marda Gras Street Festival web site for more information.
Expo Latino August 17th to 19th
Western Canada's largest latin festival will be held at Prince’s Island Park, 1st Avenue and 4th Street SW. Celebrating it's 22nd anniversary. Creating experiences of discovery and learning through the celebration of people, music and dance.
The Hispanic Arts Society Pesident would like to welcome you to this year’s festival. Since the Society’s inception in 1987, we have been working towards the presentation of major productions. Visit the Calgary Expo Latino Festival web site for more information.
Antiquing at the ARC August 18th to 19th
ANTIQUING at the ARC will be held at the Acadia Recreation Complex 240 - 90TH Avenue SE Calgary. On behalf of the show management and Canada’s leading Antique experts we welcome residents and visitors from across Calgary and surrounding areas to the Antiquing at the Arc Show
Top Dealers from across Canada offering very special inventory...Deluxe Antiques & Vintage Bargains. They will bring their Best! Something for everyone. This is the Antique Show to attend. Adults $6.00 at the door Children 13 and under FREE with an adult Admission . ATM - Snack Bar - Wheelchair Accessible FREE PARKING LOCATION Acadia Recreation Complex
Visit the Antiquing at the ARC web site for more information.
Calgary GlobalFest August 16th to 25th
The groundwork for GlobalFest began in 1993 with the formation of The Calgary Fireworks Festival Society. The not-for-profit Society searched for a suitable fireworks launch site in Calgary for eight years to no avail. There were many potential sites, but none combined the suitable large viewing area, safety regulations, and ability to allow large-scale pyrotechnics to be launched. It wasn't until 2001 when the Society discovered Elliston Park in Calgary's Greater Forest Lawn district that the dream could now become reality.
GlobalFest burst onto the scene in 2003 with 10 cultural pavilions and three countries presenting pyromusicals in Calgary's very own international fireworks festival. On the fourth and final night of the festival, GlobalFest celebrated a remarkable accomplishment. The festival reached attendance of close to 100,000 in the very first year, making GlobalFest one of Calgary's top draws for local citizens and tourists alike. Visit the Calgary International Reggae Festival web site for more information.
Alberta Open Farm Days August 18th to 19th
Alberta Open Farm Days is about farmers and ranchers inviting their urban and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow their food. As well, some of Alberta’s most talented chefs and rural communities will be hosting a memorable series of farm to table culinary events that will be held around the province, using Alberta farm products. Farms across the province will open their gates on August 23. Admission is free. Join us and explore Alberta this summer. Visit the Alberta Open Farm Days web site for more information.
BBQ On The Bow Competition September 1st to 2nd
The Barbeque on the Bow Society, established in 1993, is a registered not-for-profit organization. The society is committed to enhancing the quality of life in Calgary socially, culturally and economically and hosts the "Alberta Championship" for Kansas City (Southern) style BBQ. The goals of the Society are achieved through production of an annual family oriented festival. In the BBQ on the Bow "Alberta Championship", teams vie for recognition as the Grand Champion by earning the most points in all four required categories. These categories are: Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Butt (shoulder) and Beef Brisket. There are also 2 extra category competitions called 'BBQ Sauce and Chef's Challenge' however the points earned in these categories do not count towards the BBQ on the Bow Grand Championship, just bragging rights.. Visit the Calgary BBQ On The Bow web site for more information.